Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Lacock Abbey Part two

In this blog I'll show you some the things you can see round the house itself and a few of the exhibition at the end.

Going upstairs you can look out of the window to the Tudor Courtyard

One of the bedrooms

In another room we saw this which looks like  paraffin cooker

 The painting is of one of the last owners of the house and on the left is a pound note, doubt many people in the UK will remember the or know what they were now

This was an intersting room

Because I noticed this breastplate 

and helmit which I knew were civil war

 but the piece  here threw me until the guide picked it up and gave it to me. Dam was it heavy, he also have it to a lady he was talking to and she was very surprised at the weight. Turned out it went under the felt hat some of the soldiers wore,so you had this really heavy iron object on your head in battle. They must have had strong necks is all I can say

 These were also interesting are these helmets which were used when displaying a dead knight, I think they are called Mort Helms

How about this chair which is a tad uncomfortable looking, can you see the faces in it

Found them rather gruesome

Passed this which is the kids play room with real Tiger skin rug. You have to feel sorry for the Tiger

This was the next place of interest

 Because this was the room in which this window is and is where Henry Fox Talbot took a negative which is considered the oldest one in existence in 1832

Next place I ended up with was here in the dining room

eventually we ended up in the entrance hall

which had lots of carved figures around it
 Along with some really nice stained glass

Though the guy on the left looked like Gandalf or could it be Rincewind  with Death watching him

After leaving the Abbey we walked past the Botanical Gardens though we did not feel there was much worth seeing at the time
We then had a quick look round the museum at some of the old cameras 

Some of the old cameras and a painting of Fox Talbot

in the background you can see one of Fox Talbots photos of the bust here in the photo
Some of the Many old cameras on display with a ghostly image of me in the background

How about that then, A gold Nikon something they reproduced again of late in gold as a digital version. I'll stick to my trusty Canon

I'll leave you with a shot of an original Box Brownie, even I have a similar one at home.

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Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Lacock Abbey Part One

You may be wondering why I am writing a blog about an Abbey and posting it on my Exploration Blog well that is because it is only an Abbey in name. It was founded in 1229 by Lady Ela and dedicated to St Mary and St Bernard. Because of the large amount of land left by Lady Ela it prospered in the middle ages from the wool trade but suffered in the dissolution of Monasteries were it was sold by Henry VIII to Sir William Sharington who converted it into a house. The Abbey was garrisoned by the Royalists in the civil war. The house eventually ended up with the Talbot family which is why many people make pilgrimages here now as Henry Fox Talbot lived here and he became a Father of Photography as he made the earliest known surviving example of a photographic negative. The Abbey is now owned by the National Trust but you can see an Exhibition on Fox Talbot at an adjoining museum by the entrance  to the property.

Lacock Abbey as you see it from the road side

This is the entrance to the NT and also where you will find the museum

One of the first places you see is the Tudor Yard , the building on the right is part of it, below is a stitch of the yard itself
One of of the things you can see in the yard  is this 16th century Brew House

This wonderful arch is the entrance to the grounds 

and this the first view of the house

which from over the drive looks impressive

this is a view of the house and hexagon tower

We went into the cloisters through the side entrance and I was in awe of what I saw

The next few photos were taken using the HDR setting on my camera

the detail is amazing

along with the color which does not show that well

but you can see they are vivid

and still show up well for being done back in the middle ages

In the distance in the photo on the left you can see a fenced off are where Ela the founder is buried

You pass these old stone coffins on the way into the warming house

Which is this place 

it was used in the Harry Potter Films and was the warming house in the nunnery

Not sure what this one was

This is the area between the cloisters

and this is looking through one of the windows

My wife pointed it out to me this look suspiciously like a Glastonbury Thorn, makes me wonder if it is the place is the right age for some dealing to have gone on
I have always wanted to take a shot like this

What do you think, looks cool

In the room where the lady is standing in the last photo you can see this broken frame in a cabinet. It was on the wall till some numptys backpack knocked it off, it shows the family tree of the owners  Laycock abbey
And this is a hand written dictionary which I have forgotten how old it is but we are talking middle ages

the kitchen though I think it has been retro fitted

The dumb waiter made me smile but so did the old cabinet

as I has seen them before I think my mum has something similar

This is called the Chaplin's Room

Think you can guess what this room is from the bottles though I doubt it was it's original use.

I think that is enough for now as I have shown you most of the ground floor.
 If you have enjoyed this then you can read  part two  which will show the house itself and some of the exhibition. I will also feature Laycock Church in a separate Blog
More information on the National Trust Website